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Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

 
 
Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 11, 2009
1. Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll Marker
Inscription.  When radio station WJW disc jockey Alan Freed (1921-1965) used the term "rock and roll" to describe the uptempo black rhythm and blues records he played beginning in 1951, he named a new genre of popular music that appealed to audiences on both sides of 1950s American racial boundaries--and dominated American culture for the rest of the 20th century. The popularity of Freed's nightly "Moon Dog House Rock and Roll Party" radio show encouraged him to organize the Moondog Coronation Ball--the first rock concert. Held at the Cleveland Arena on March 21, 1952, the oversold show was beset by a riot during the first set. Freed, a charter inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, moved to WINS in New York City in 1954 and continued to promote rock music through radio, television, movies, and live performances.
 
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 46-18.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 11, 2009
2. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Arts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 41° 30.509′ N, 81° 41.656′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on East 9th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cleveland OH 44114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd (a few steps from this marker); Arch C. Klumph (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ohio AFL-CIO (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Burnham Mall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Terry v. Ohio (approx. 0.4 miles away); Navy Bicentennial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dear General, We have met the enemy and they are ours (approx. 0.4 miles away); John T. Corrigan (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
 
Also see . . .  Rocking Chair Blues: Paul Williams’ Hucklebuckers. Saxophonist Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers were the headliners for the Moondog Coronation Ball, but they never got to play.
(Submitted on March 19, 2016.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,984 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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